Mr V V Rao and VIRASAM President G Kalyan Rao, who played a key role in last year's talks between the government and the CPI (Maoist) leaders, were arrested on August 19 last year under the Public Security Act, after VIRASAM was banned by the government along with the CPI(M), following the killing of senior Congress legislator Ch Narsi Reddy on August 15, 2004 by the Maoists in Mahabubnagar district. Police also filed seven more cases on both Kalyana Rao and Vara Vara Rao.
When intellectuals and human rights activists appealed to the government to lift the ban on the VIRASAM, as the members were only writers with revolutionary ideas and not insurgents, the government lifted the ban on November 11, 2004, following which both were granted bail on all the remaining seven cases.
With the striking down of the arrest by the Nampalli Criminal Court under the Public Protection Act, Mr Vara Vara Rao was released from the Cherlapalli Jail. Mr Kalyan Rao was released two days ago.
Soon after his release, the writer demanded lifting of cases on all the VIRASAM activists and ordering of inquiry on the Manala encounter.
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